Felixstowe TOS still taking its toll on teu

Port of Felixstowe Total volume handled across the Port of Felixstowe quay in the week beginning 30 July was 74,000 teu. Credit: Port of Felixstowe

The terminal operating system (TOS) at the Port of Felixstowe is reportedly “stable” although teu volume handled is lower than expected.

In a statement on its website, the port said that total volume handled across the quay in the week beginning 30 July was 74,000 teu, which is just a few thousand more than its last report for the week beginning 16 July, but stressed the “performance of our new terminal operating system has been stable…”

Hutchison Ports-owned Port of Felixstowe, which began experiencing productivity problems after it implemented a new terminal operating system (TOS) in June, said: “The total volume handled across the quay last week was 74,000 TEU which is consistent with the previous week. However, this is lower than our expectation and we are focusing our efforts on initiatives that will allow this to increase and improve.”

Marginal rail rise

The port stated 11,700 rail containers were handled in the week beginning 30 July, with a 4% increase in the number of import containers loaded to outbound trains than the previous week. In the week beginning 16 July “over 12,100 containers” were handled by rail.

It confirmed rail misses are declining, a marked sign of confidence from its last report when it stated it “continued to suffer from a significant number of rail misses.”

The port stated it is “aware that temporary vessel diversions to other ports are causing issues and we are in discussion with shipping line customers for the return of services to Felixstowe as soon as possible.”

The director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has said that the organisation’s members are still facing “significant problems” at the port.

Several focused upgrades will be delivered over the next few weeks to boost yard productivity, the port said. These upgrades are anticipated to improve the loading speed of containers and bring “productivity to levels before the implementation of the new system.”

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